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The Favor (1994)

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A bored wife dreams of hooking up with an old beau at a high school reunion, but instead asks a friend to check him out. The friend falls for him, and now two relationships are in comedic trouble. With Brad Pitt.

Director:

Donald Petrie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harley Jane Kozak ... Kathy Whiting
Elizabeth McGovern ... Emily Embrey
Bill Pullman ... Peter Whiting
Brad Pitt ... Elliott Fowler
Larry Miller ... Joe Dubin
Ken Wahl ... Tom Andrews
Ginger Orsi Ginger Orsi ... Gina
Leigh Ann Orsi Leigh Ann Orsi ... Hannah
Felicia Robertson Felicia Robertson ... Carol
Kenny Twomey Kenny Twomey ... Mr. Lucky
Florence Schauffler ... Museum Docent
Elaine Mee Elaine Mee ... Chunky Woman
John Horn John Horn ... Pastor
Wilma Bergheim Wilma Bergheim ... Ladies at Church
Mary Marsh Mary Marsh ... Ladies at Church
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Kathy is married to Peter. Now she can't help but wonder how things could have been if she got together with her old boyfriend, Tom. Being married prevents from doing that so she asks her friend, Emily to go to him and see if she can sleep with him then tell Kathy how it was. When Emily tells Kathy that things were awesome, their friendship suffers, at the same so does Kathy's marriage. Things get even more complicated when Emily learns she's pregnant, and she's not certain if it's Tom's or her boyfriend, Elliot. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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How far would you go for a friend? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Filmed in 1990. The delay in its release was most likely the result of Orion Pictures' pending bankruptcy, which resulted in many of its films to be briefly shelved (films similarly handled as such includes RoboCop 3 (1993) and Blue Sky (1994) among others). See more »

Goofs

The viewer is led to believe that Kathy has blown up dozens of balloons herself, but the balloons are all on the ceiling, which would only happen if they had been filled with helium. See more »

Quotes

Kathy Whiting: I was kind of happy, in a miserable kind of way.
Peter Whiting: Is that worse than being miserable in a happy kind of way?
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Spoofs 9½ Weeks (1986) See more »

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An amusing bit of fluff
18 August 2006 | by JWBlySee all my reviews

An amusing bit of fluff for a "chick flick." Guys, this is a good date movie! Enough Brad Pitt and silly love crap for them, but amusing enough for us. No gratuitous nudity but HEY, you can't have everything.

An unknown actress named Harley Jane Kozak is the star of this film, portraying every man's dream wife - sexy, intelligent, feisty and funny (all in a charmingly unpredictable package) - while at the same time being a great mother. It is sad that Kozak soon gave up acting for good to raise her own family. Watching this film makes me believe she deserved better than obscurity.

As usual, Brad Pitt displays the talent that would soon make him a superstar, and Bill Pullman also gives a decent performance. The least talented of the four major players is Elizabeth McGovern. She doesn't necessarily give a bad performance, but rather fails to make the role her own. She could have easily been replaced by any other competent actress without altering the chemistry between the characters. Perhaps another actress would have turned in a more memorable performance. McGovern is one of those actresses of whom most people have heard, and yet few can name anything she has ever been in.

As usual with movies aimed toward a female audience, the plot is silly and at times nonsensical. As always, at least one man has to be portrayed as a manipulative scumbag with one thing on his mind while all the female characters are decent and loving and emotionally complex. Thankfully though, this film doesn't take itself too seriously. All in all, despite being a "chick flick," this movie is worth watching - perhaps even twice.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Favor See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,487,238, 1 May 1994

Gross USA:

$3,134,381

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,134,381
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Nelson Entertainment See more »
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Dolby | Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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